Here's a quandry.
On my PC-based live performance system, I use Gigastudio running various emulations of real instruments - PMI Bosendorfer, Scarbee Rhodes, QL Brass etc - plus NI B4 and their Pro-53 for more synthy sounds.
I always find that, with the various software gain stages set at average kinds of volumes, the synths come out WAY louder than the samples, like several order of magintude louder.
If I set my rig up around the kind of levels coming out of Giga, then I need to transmit a MIDI cc7 value to set the synths on like under 20, out of the full 127, to avoid blasting the hell out of my whole system (and ears). Sometimes even lower than that, or I need to set cc11 really low as well.
I don't suppose this really matters, except that I need to run my 300w keyboard up most of the way up to get decent level. It doesn't seem to make a lot of sense to squeeze the soft synth output so much, then have to amplify it so much at the analogue stage in compensation.
Why is Giga's output level so low?
Would the same issue still apply if I switched to running the samples in another host, such as Kontakt?
Is there some way that I can substantially amplify the output signal from Giga while still in software, eg by sending it via some other app before it reaches my soundcard, without creating artifacts, so I can take average levels from the synths instead and take some of the heat off my amp?
Thanks for any tips.